EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan State's most visible fans was briefly detained after being on the field area following the Rose Bowl win by the Spartans.
WLNS-TV reports photos taken after No. 4 Michigan State beat No. 5 Stanford 24-20 Wednesday night show the man known as "Johnny Spirit" surrounded by authorities in Pasadena, Calif. He tells the station he had a pass to be on the field, but an usher took it away.
MLive.com reports that his real name is John Sheldon, and he's been a fixture at Michigan State sporting events since 1993. He's often covered in green body paint with a block "S'' on his chest and sometimes wears an oversized inflatable football helmet.
He says he was detained for about a half-hour before his pass was given back.